With each episode, “The 100” just keeps on getting better and better, taking major risks and pulling no punches when it comes to dark issues and serious subject matter. Episode 4, “Murphy’s Law,” which aired on Wednesday (April 9), was no exception, as The CW’s new series tackled capital punishment among teens, a little girl committing suicide, angry sex and a whole lot more.
Yeah, we weren’t kidding when we said “The 100” was really going there. If you’re not watching this series, you’re missing out on one of the season’s most compelling dramas. So how exactly did one episode deal with all these heavy issues?
The hour started off by skipping the events of the teens discovering Wells’ body, though it’s made clear by a mourning Clarke that everyone assumes a Grounder is to blame. Wells’ death spurs the rest of the camp to work hard and put up a wall to keep them safe from the Grounders outside the camp, unaware that the danger is actually hiding among them in plain sight — little Charlotte, the real murderer. The death actually helps to unite the camp, although Murphy’s power trip rubs everyone the wrong way. He even pees on a guy who wants to take a water break … and he’ll regret that malicious act in a just a little bit.
Also worth noting is the fact that Clarke wants to make her mother feel the same pain and betrayal that Clarke feels now that she knows Wells wasn’t the one to turn in her father … Abby was. So Clarke gets her revenge by taking off her wristband to appear “dead” to her mom back on the Ark, although Abby refuses to accept that her daughter is dead. Monty uses Clarke’s carefully removed wristband to try and patch through to the Ark to let them know that they’re actually alive on Earth, and hopes to have a working signal by the end of the night.
Octavia takes Jasper outside for the first time in a week since he woke up from his coma, and his fears become real when he trips and falls and discovers Wells’ fingers with Murphy’s knife. That discovery leads Clarke and Bellamy to think that Murphy killed Wells, not the Grounders. Clarke wants to tell everyone in the camp, but Bellamy knows that’s a bad idea. Clarke doesn’t listen, and a mob ensues, demanding to “float” Murphy — on the ground, that means hanging.
The mob mentality grows and overpowers Clarke, and the camp strings Murphy up by his neck. Bellamy gives the order, and they hang Murphy, almost killing him before Charlotte, wracked by grief and seeing an innocent person being executed for her crime, confesses to the murder.
Horrified, Clarke cuts Murphy down and Clarke, Finn and Bellamy try to protect Charlotte from the mob that’s calling for her blood, led by a justifiably enraged Murphy. Finn and Clarke smuggle Charlotte out of the camp when Murphy knocks out Bellamy, but Clarke yells at Charlotte that that doesn’t mean they forgive her for murdering their friend.
Finn takes Clarke and Charlotte to a bomb shelter he found in the woods with supplies, clothes, food, art supplies and a bed. But Charlotte runs away out of guilt while they’re asleep, and though Bellamy tries to save Charlotte, she gives herself up to the mob. When Murphy threatens Clarke’s life in exchange for Charlotte’s, Charlotte jumps off a cliff, killing herself. The sight of a 10-year-old girl killing herself is just as horrifying as seeing a 10-year-old girl murdering someone else, in case you were wondering. Absolutely chilling.
Devastated by Charlotte’s actions — which he blames himself for — Bellamy beats up Murphy out of anger, and Clarke makes him realize that they can’t just decide who lives and dies. This isn’t the Ark, and they can’t just live however they want with no rules either. Clarke and Bellamy become co-leaders of the camp, and they banish Murphy on threat of death. Will he be able to survive on his own? Doubtful. Maybe he’ll join up with the Grounders if they don’t kill him first.
While banishing Murphy seems unfair after he was almost hanged for a crime he didn’t commit, he shouldn’t have pushed so hard to kill Charlotte either. Clarke and Bellamy could have forgiven him for being such a jerk, but they couldn’t forgive him pushing a little girl to commit suicide. Do you think Clarke and Bellamy were right to banish Murphy, or do you think it was unfair?
Back at the camp, Monty and Jasper try to finish fixing the wristbands, but instead of being able to radio up to the Ark, all the wristbands get fried instead, making the Ark think that everyone died on the ground. The teens on the ground are officially on their own, and the adults on the Ark have no hope left. It’s bleak all around, but Octavia kisses Jasper to cheer him up, so that’s kind of sweet.
Up on the Ark, Abby and Raven work to finish the drop ship before Kane discovers their secret and arrests them. But Abby trusts the wrong person to ask for a part, and they get turned in to Kane. Abby gives herself up to Kane — knowing she’ll be floated — to allow Raven time to escape. As she launches the pod and makes her way down to Earth — it becomes the worst timing in the history of ever, as Clarke and Finn finally act on their feelings and hook up in their secret bunker.